A collision on eastbound Interstate 80 just east of Greenback Lane on Tuesday afternoon caused traffic in both directions to pile up and left a woman and two juveniles with injuries, according to the California Highway Patrol.
A 62-year-old Auburn woman driving a Chevrolet Suburban tried to switch from the fifth to the fourth lane. When another car coming from the third lane tried to do the same, the woman swerved back into the fifth lane, rear-ending a Volvo tractor trailer with an attached semi-trailer in the midst of slowing down or stopping, according to CHP.
The accident occurred about 12:54 p.m., according to the CHP. Emergency vehicles arrived at the scene about 1:30 p.m. An incoming emergency helicopter briefly blocked I-80 westbound lanes for landing.
The woman had two 10-year-old female passengers in the SUV with her. The front passenger was taken to UC Davis Medical Center by helicopter with what appears to be a broken bone, according to Officer Jenna Berry, CHP spokeswoman. The woman and the second juvenile were taken via ambulance to the hospital with moderate injuries, according to the CHP.
The three SUV occupants were wearing seat belts and the vehicle’s airbags were deployed, the CHP said. Alcohol and drugs do not appear to be a factor in the collision, according to the CHP. The tractor trailer driver was not injured.
All lanes reopened around 2:20 p.m.